Porsche Mission E: Porsche’s Tesla Fighter

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When BMW’s i8 first debuted as the Vision Dynamics Concept, it shocked the world. Everyone stood in awe at both the shear beauty of it …

When BMW’s i8 first debuted as the Vision Dynamics Concept, it shocked the world. Everyone stood in awe at both the shear beauty of it and the possibilities for the future. Well, something similar is happening again, but this time it wears a Porsche badge.

The Porsche Mission E, a fully electric sedan meant to take on the Tesla Model S, has just recently been announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show and people can’t stop talking about it.

If Porsche’s claims are true, this could very possibly be the best electric car in the world when it debuts. To power the Mission E, Porsche has equipped it with two electric motors, one for each axle, much like its 919 hybrid race car. These two motors are said to pump out over 600 hp and power all four wheels using true torque vectoring from each motor, which sits below the Tesla Model S P85D’s 691 hp. However, the Porsche Mission E has some clever tricks up its sleeve that will make Tesla very nervous.

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The Porsche Mission E’s claimed range is 310 miles, more than what you’d get from any Tesla, and can supposedly recharge 80 percent of its range in 15 minutes. The reason it can charge 80 percent of its battery in 15 minutes is because Porsche is the first in the industry to utilize an 800-volt charging port. Using 800 volts, as opposed to the industry standard 400 volt, the Mission E is able to charge twice as fast. It also reduced weight, as the 800-volt can use lighter gage copper cable. Obviously, such charging requires a special charging station, but the Mission E can also be charged on a standard 400-volt charging station or even through inductive charging. The inductive charging works by having a charging coil embedded in the floor of your garage (which I’m sure Porsche will offer, much like other home charging stations now) and you simply park the Mission E over it and it will charge wirelessly. Voila.

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The Porsche Mission E isn’t just a high-tech electric missile with a long range, though. Being a Porsche, the Mission E still has dynamic handling embedded in its DNA. With the lithium-ion batteries running the length of the floor, between the axles, the Mission E has a low and narrow center of gravity, like an earthworm. That, combined with a lightweight construction, which consists of aluminum steel and carbon-fiber, carbon-fiber wheels and four-wheel steering, the Mission E should be the most dynamic electric car in the world when it debuts. If you doubt that, look no further than the Porsche 918 Spyder. It seems like the Porsche knows how to make electric cars handle better than everyone else.

This will also be one of the best looking electric cars on the road. The BMW i8, to these eyes, is still the better looking car but not by much. Aside from the i8, however, and the Porsche Mission E eats every other car for lunch and makes the Tesla Model S look like a Toyota Camry in comparison. The sleek four-piece headlights above the front air inlets and the built in rear wing above the taillights are especially good looking. This could be the best looking Porsche currently in the works.

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The interior is also fantastic. With what looks to be a highly futuristic version of the 918 Spyder’s interior, the Mission E uses its minimalist design well. It’s sharp and simple and open. This is definitely a cabin you want to sit in for long periods of time. The steering wheel, gauges and seats help to give it a sporting feel as well, so you know you’re in a Porsche.

Overall, the Porsche Mission E looks to be something that frightens the rest of the automotive world, as it will be tough to top. Tesla’s Model S doesn’t seem to stand a chance as an all-around electric car. With a longer range, far faster charging capabilities, most likely better performance and far better looks, the Porsche Mission E seems primed and ready to be the car that finally takes down the Tesla Model S.

25 responses to “Porsche Mission E: Porsche’s Tesla Fighter”

  1. Blake Arrendell says:

    *What the panamera was supposed to look like*

  2. Manny Antunes says:

    I don’t think Porsche will be able to deliver this at the Tesla’s price of $135K. Until then Tesla has nothing to worry about.

    • iLeicaMike says:

      Oh, I certainly believe they can deliver this vehicle at that price. I also believe there’s no way they would. I have a hunch that over the next decade Tesla will become the “economy” class of electric vehicles, with true performance/luxury vehicles being dominated by BMW/Merc/Audi/Porsche, at pricing margins similar to what we see today.

      • Max says:

        Agree! Bye Bye tesla, they can not handle the competition, as such a low volume manufacturer and if they go to big volume they will struggle anyway…we will see ;)

      • Levi says:

        Agree. And Tesla is not cheap, so those that can afford it, will get something with a better badge, and overall better engineering. Tesla will maybe even disappear completely. Their business case is not long term planned.

  3. Chris Llana says:

    Not gobbling up Model S quite yet, as Porsche’s car won’t be on the market for a few years, so who knows what competition it will have, from Tesla and others. And what price? Same as Tesla? Not likely. But in any case, very impressive!

  4. Indrit Selimi says:

    Futuristic look…!!

  5. CDspeed says:

    This is amazing, there were rumors but Porsche kept it quiet up to its official unveiling. I like it a lot, it will of course have to be further refined into a production car but it does have the potential to go up against Tesla. Well done Porsche.

  6. Michael says:

    A BMW i8 Sedan would not only accommodate 4 individuals, like the concept car from which the i8 arose, but it would serve as a great competitor to this new Porsche.

  7. heosat says:

    So it can beat today’s Model S, sort of. But it’s also going to be 5 years before this comes to the market and Tesla are upgrading the Model S very regularly (up to 20 changes a week). Best of luck to Porsche (and hurry the hell up BMW).

  8. CDspeed says:

    I notice a Porsche competitor for Tesla’s Super Chargers in a video.

  9. jason bourne says:

    Interesting, futuristic design… Looks like something from the movie “THX1138.”

  10. Ken says:

    A concept does not compete with Tesla in any way. It is just proof how far behind Porsche is. A concept can easily take 5 years to production.

    This car looks quite cramped on the inside and it isn’t even nearly as fast as the Tesla is right now.

    Tesla does not stand still. By the time this car comes out, Tesla will still be about 5 years ahead.

    • Levi says:

      Tesla does stand still. There has been no improvement other than power. Design has not improved, the Tesla X is not even out, it already looks outdated.

  11. Nigel Harris says:

    “The Porsche Mission E’s claimed range is 310 miles, more than what you’d get from any Tesla”

    Actually, Tesla Model S 80D has 328 miles (528 km) range under European the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) test.

    • Chris Llana says:

      And today Elon Musk tweeted that a Model S 85D owner drove more than 500 miles on a single charge, so there’s maximum range and there’s EPA range, European range, etc. Claims for a concept car must be taken with a huge grain of salt.

  12. carmiturchick says:

    Evidence of how far behind Porsche is. In five years they will have an electric sports car slower than the SUV Tesla is shipping this month. Tesla will have its new Roadster out by then, designed from the ground up, with “Maximum Plaid” speed that will be faster than “Ludicrous” which gets you to 60 in 2.8 seconds. Tesla also has already mentioned faster charging times on the horizon, new charging tech and battery tech to allow it though they have not specified what the end result in charging times will be. Do you want a cramped 4 seat Porsche in five years or a faster SUV now that seats 7 adults has lots of cargo space and can tow 5,000 lbs?

  13. Tom Bielagus says:

    The car looks and specs are great but it’s only a concept. They are waiting so long to bring the actual car to market partly because the tech. to meet their projected specs does not yet exist.

    Any relationship to 918 Spyder is also just that since the Spyder is nearly $1M dollars!

    Their 800V charger sounds great, but will they build out a large network of these for a relatively few cars that can use them?

  14. Stephen Garrett says:

    Absolutely stunning. Wow, Porsche. If this is the future, bring on electric cars!

  15. daveman1 says:

    Newsflash… “Acme Motors announces a shiny Tesla Killer that will go 0-60 in 1.5 seconds, has a range of 10,000 miles, charges in one minute, and is powered by fictitious click-bait headlines about imaginary cars”

    Porsche, Audi, BMW, etc, etc, etc, I love ya, but we all know you are blowing smoke with EV concepts to try to show that you can compete with Tesla. Shut up & make a friggin’ car already. Stupid.

  16. Jonny Mack says:

    How about price? Left that one out by accident, eh? And yes, I am team Tesla.

  17. Kkmd says:

    A car without a charging network is worthless

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